Issues and challenges in the mental health workforce development

Michael Roche, Christine Duffield

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As in many other developed countries, the proportion of the population in Australia that will experience a mental health disorder is increasing. To respond adequately and appropriately to what some might say is an epidemic will require not only an available workforce but also one which is highly skilled. Unfortunately the current protracted shortage of nurses generally, and which is projected to worsen over the next few years, will also have a significant impact on the provision of care for a large and vulnerable portion of the population, those who experience mental illness. This article will provide an overview of the issues and challenges confronting the development of a sustainable mental health nursing workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-103
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


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